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How long does acupuncture take to work for leg pain?

I am a 54 year old female. I want to know how long does acupuncture take to work for leg pain?

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At least 7 appointments.
Hello! It depends on the severity of your leg pain and the diagnosis. Typically 3-6 months.
Depending on your ailment and how long you've experienced this pain, typically, you may begin to feel changes in your treatment within 5-6 sessions. Each patient and case is different, but usually within that amount of time, you will feel some changes in pain, frequency, location and/or intensity.
Depending on the causes, most of the time, my treatment gives immediate improvement.

My name is Stephen Dell Jones, I am an acupuncturist who treats leg pain for various reasons routinely. So, first of all, the answer would kind of depend on what the reason for the leg pain is. Leg pain can be due to sciatica, knee joint pain, hip joint pain, muscle spasms, or other reasons. In general, effective styles of acupuncture address pain within seconds. This does not mean that if someone has advanced arthritic changes in their knee or hip, that they will be pain free for good. But one should be able to notice a change in their pain on the first session.
There is no satisfying answer to that question. How quick acupuncture works is dependent on how long you have had the pain, the nature of the pain and the cause. You could find immediate relief after one treatment, but that relief may only be temporary. It may require you to have a number of treatments to resolve the pain. Chronic pain usually takes longer to respond.

Yvonne R. Farrell, DAOM, LAc
That depends on many factors, including how long you've been in pain, what is causing the pain, and how well you respond to treatment. If you go and see your local acupuncturist, they should be able to give you an estimation after they have done the intake on you.
Good luck!
It depends largely on what your leg pain is from. Is it acute or chronic? What is the age of the patient? Are there full breaks, fractures or degenerative pain? All I can say is acupuncture and custom therapeutic herbal remedies are likely to expedite your healing regardless.
Thank you for your question,

Without having specifics about what is causing your leg pain and given the fact that acupuncture is based on an individual needs, I can’t give you a specific timeline on when it may help you.

It’s important you feel comfortable to discuss your treatment plan with your acupuncturist. It’s also very important to make sure that any medical causes of your leg pain that could be treated by your physician is address before proceeding with acupuncture.

Thank you again,
Dr. B
Good evening, Happy New Year.

Leg pain has different causes. Therefore, the time varies. Usually, patient will respond in 2-3 treatments.

Thanks for asking. Typically, acupuncture treatment for leg pain takes four to five sessions depends on what causes the pain.
Acupuncture can treat your leg pain, could be immediately release of your pain.
I'm afraid there is no set amount of time for acupuncture to take effect. We are trying to allow your body to heal itself, so it takes time and consistency for that to happen.
It depends on what is causing the leg pain, the patient's general state of health, their age, etc. Acupuncture usually works well for sciatica ( leg pain that originates in the back.
Everyone's body is different in how quickly the respond to treatment. We recommend at least 6 sessions because some people see progress after the first, and some people it takes a couple.
Depends on how severe your condition. Chronic condition takes more time for the body the heal.
3-10 times.
Depends on the state of the patient's health and energy/Qi. Usually you should see a result in 3-10 treatments.
That depends on how long you have had the leg pain, why you have it, and your compliance with your practitioner's treatment plan.

Generally speaking, the longer a condition has been in existence, the longer it will take to resolve. If you haven't felt some changes or improvements throughout your body within 5-8 treatments, however, I recommend tyring another practitioner or another style of acupuncture.
Acupuncture has an accumulative effect. The longer the problem is, the more treatment you need. We usually recommend six visitations.
It really depends on the state of health your body is in, and how long you’ve been having the pain. It was also depend on whether you have an injury or not. But, the good news is you should feel some kind of a difference right away. The process for healing will begin right away, but It may take some time to completely go away depending on the factors I mentioned above.
Three times enough.
The "how many treatments" question is one I get a lot. It's very difficult to answer for several reasons:

1. The Chinese diagnostic system takes in to account individual factors in presentation. Three people could walk in to my clinic with leg pain but, from the perspective of Chinese medicine, all three could be experiencing the issue for different reasons. Those different root causes will have different treatments. Some root causes respond faster to treatment than others and some people respond faster to treatment than others.

2. There are a variety of different systems of acupuncture. Some of these systems are better for dealing with certain kinds of issues relative to other systems. Without knowing what kind of acupuncture your provider practices, it's hard to know whether or not there's a good fit between that system of acupuncture and your issue.

3. As in conventional medicine, some practitioners are just better with certain kinds of issues relative to other practitioners. There's an add-on here specific to acupuncture: depending on where you're located, there could be providers who offer "acupuncture" without having attended school for Chinese medicine or actually being licensed or board certified as an acupuncturist. Without knowing whether or not you're seeing a board certified and state licensed acupuncturist and what that person's track record is with issues like pain it is, again, difficult to predict what a course of therapy might look like.

I work mainly in pain management and my sweet spot for most pain issues tends to be around 4 or 5 treatments. if you're seeing someone who doesn't work much with pain (or isn't a board certified acupuncturist), you could be looking at more like 8-10 treatments.